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W hile many brides picture themselves walking down the aisle in sleek stilettos or chic pumps, a good number of women would prefer not to totter around in heels on their wedding day. And we’re all for either! After all, a bride can wear any shoes she wants on her big day.

Flats can actually be quite perfect for a wedding. Not only are they comfortable, practical, and appropriate for certain types of venues, but they’re also versatile and come in various stylish options.

If you’re thinking about rocking your wedding in flats but are still unsure, keep reading. Finding flats is harder than you expect though, especially if you’re looking for something unique and chic. That’s why we’ve also included a few tips to help you find the right pair for your big day.

Why flats are great for your wedding

They’re practical for outdoor or beach weddings

Heels and even wedge or block shoes can be tricky to walk in if you’re outdoors or on sand. With flats, you won’t have to worry about sinking into the ground or sand or feeling wobbly on uneven terrain.

They’re comfortable

If you wear flats more often than you do heels, then wearing them on your wedding day will make you feel comfortable, relaxed and more like yourself. You won’t have to worry about your shoes killing you after hours of standing, walking and dancing. You’ll also avoid blisters and pinched toes with flats that fit well and are comfortable.

You’ll have less chance of tripping or falling

Granted, you can trip or fall anywhere in any shoe, you’ll likely feel more stable in flats, especially if you’re not used to wearing heels. You just need to make sure the length of your dress has been adjusted to the type of shoes you’re wearing.

You can manage height differences

Though height shouldn’t be an issue, flat shoes can help you manage any height differences between you and your partner. If you’re on the tall side or if you and your partner have a similar height and you don’t want to tower over them, then flats will keep you on your normal height.

You can choose from so many style options.

There’s a type of flat shoe for everyone — closed, pointy, strappy, lacy, glittery, sparkly, satiny, embellished, colorful, printed, sleek, simple, and so much more. With so many options, you can find a pair of flats that suit your personality, and shoes that make you feel like ‘you’ are some of the best kind of shoes to wear any day.

How to choose the right pair of flats for your wedding

Choose comfortable flats since you’ll be wearing them all day

Pick a pair that suits the shape of your feet and feels comfortable. Go for good arch support and think about the material as well. Some materials, especially synthetic ones, can be a bit stiff and may rub on your feet in some areas. Pick a material that’s softer and more likely to adapt to the shape of your feet.

Break them in before the wedding

Like with any other new shoes, break them in before the big day. Wear them for thirty-minute intervals or more at home and practice walking and dancing around in them. Try to simulate the conditions of your wedding venue. If your venue has stairs, practice going up and down some steps in your wedding shoes.

Bring your flats to your fittings

Make the necessary adjustments to avoid stepping on the front of your dress. If you’re alternating between heels and flats during your wedding, bring both pairs to fittings. If necessary, figure out how quick adjustments can be made to your dress when you have to switch shoes.

Be ready with foot care essentials

If they’re not broken in properly, flats can still hurt your feet. Have cushions, inserts or blister blocks on hand to prevent further discomfort. Keep them in your purse if there’s room or have your maid-of-honor take care of having them ready in case you’ll need them.

Choose a style you love so you can wear them again

Think of your shoes as an investment and pick shoes that you can wear beyond your wedding. Flats are so versatile that you can wear them for any occasion. Say you opted for strappy sandals or ballerina shoes. You can always wear them again for a casual affair. What if you went for jewel-encrusted or sparkly flats? No problem — they’re perfect for dressing up an outfit. Bottomline is, pick a pair that you really like and can wear over and over again.

Create your own custom flat shoes

Can’t find the perfect pair? Why not have bespoke ones made? You can choose the style and the materials you want, and you can be sure that the fit will be perfect since they will be custom-fitted to your feet. There’s also something special about wearing shoes that you designed yourself.

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